I'm much more at home in a dress than I am in jeans and a sweatshirt. But when a dress feels like - nay, is quite literally made out of - a sweatshirt like this black and white dress from indie label Lobo Mau, it's never coming off. (Sorry, fellows.)
Lobo Mau designer Nicole Haddad is a cozywear wunderkind whose been churning out seasonal collections since 2008, beginning with a line of psychedelic, digitally-printed jersey gowns.
Before Clover Canyon made it a department store mainstay, digital printing on clothing was still pretty unheard of in the late aughts, apart from its use by a select few high-end brands like Mary Katranzou and Alexander McQueen. There were few options stateside, and working with printers overseas proved to be a (sometimes riotously funny) challenge, so Haddad started working with Ryan Parker, a Philadelphia-based artist, on creating custom screen prints for her clothing instead.
Working with stretchy, flowy fabrics and obtaining crisp, sharp lines in each motif was a main reason she had initially opted for digital, and none of that was lost with these screen-printed designs.
This season's print is a black and white pattern that hints at a composition book, and that's not the only thing that channels summer school; the dress' flirty drop-waist hemline is reminiscent of a uniform kilt, and oversized cardigans like the Bobby Sweater would have been right at home Kelly, Jessie or Lisa's closets.
LoboMau's wrap kimono dress (that positively puts DVF to shame, just saying) is currently featured on Betabrand, a site that uses crowdfunding to produce the most popular pieces based on user votes, so watch the video, below, and then head over to vote!